Five Ways to Support Local Theater This Weekend

From a Tony Award-winning Broadway star to a world premiere, there is something for everyone on stage this weekend. Support local artists. Support local theater.

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) – Opening this weekend, Theatre in the Park presents a boisterous jaunt through the ages. The show runs through March 14th online. Closed captioning is available. For ticket information, visit the theater’s website.

Our Stage, Your ScreenSeed Art Share presents six new virtual plays by some of the area’s most notable playwrights, including Tamara Kissane (2020 Piedmont Laureate), Ian Finley (2012 Piedmont Laureate), and Adrienne Pender (“N”). Performances run through Saturday. For more information visit the company’s website.

Freedom Summer – Set against the backdrop of the 1964 Mississippi Voting Rights Project, Freedom Summer is a powerful reminder of the price paid by so many in pursuit of civil liberties, and the importance of making your voice heard in the political process. Presented by the NC Black Repertory Company, this world premiere is available to stream through Sunday. For more information visit the ticketing website.

Dar He – In honor of Black History Month, the Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill will present a live, online theatrical performance from Mike Wiley. Crafted from the public record, Wiley’s, multiple character performance of Dar He offers a transfixing dramatization of the historic interviews and events surrounding the lynching and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till. Admission is free but registration is required for the Sunday matinee.

Character Building: Kelli O’Hara – Sunday evening, Theatre Raleigh’s Producing Artistic Director Lauren Kennedy Brady interviews Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara on YouTube as part of the company’s ongoing monthly series Character Building. Hear what O’Hara has to say about playing some iconic roles, including Anna Leonowens (The King and I), Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Nellie Forbush (Lincoln Center’s South Pacific), and Clara Johnson (A Light in the Piazza).

For a complete listing of Triangle theater events, visit the RDU on Stage Calendar Page.

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